How do you define success?

Success is defined in the dictionary as: degree or measure of succeeding; favourable or desired outcome. As writers we define success as a contracted book but there are more ways for us to count our successes.

One of the ways I count my success is writing 100 words a day. They have to be new words so when I do editing I still have to write my 100 words a day. Now you might say that’s not much of a challenge but I usually don’t stop at 100. I get two or three pages done each day, more on days I don’t have to go to work but if all I get is two pages every day for 7 days then I have fourteen pages or more than a chapter every week. At the end of the year, I’ve written over fifty-two chapters. Whoo! Whoo! For me.

Accountability is another way to measure success. Another group has word count Wednesday. Now that means that every Wednesday you post your success. How many words have you written? Have you entered a contest? Have you submitted to an editor or an agent? In other words, what have you actually done for your writing career for that week?

We all fall off the wagon from time to time. Yes, I’m guilty of that too but it’s easy to see you haven’t done your word count if you keep track of it.

I try to incorporate classes in my definition of success. I truly believe you can always learn more. Last month I took a social media class because I needed to conquer my fear of technology. I’m not perfect at it but I’m much better than I was.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas that you can incorporate into defining your success as a writer.


One thought on “How do you define success?

  1. Thanks Karen, those are Words to live and write by. I agree you have to be able to measure not the one time success but the daily efforts, the daily successes that will get you to that book contract. And thanks for the tips!

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